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EV3 Education vs EV3 Home software

While there has been a lot of discussion and questions around the differences between the Home and Education versions of the EV3, there hasn't been a lot about the differences in the software.  I'm going to try and summarise as best I can here.  If I miss anything, please let me know.


The most important thing to note first up, is if you ignore all the marketing / packaging of each software, then the actually programming language (unofficially called EV3-G) is exactly the same for both the Home and Education editions.

The biggest difference is probably in the Lobby area. The Home edition is definitely marketed towards Boys, aged 8-14 with quite bold and dark colours and slightly menacing looking builds. The Education Edition is far cleaner, which will appeal to teachers and (stereotypical) girls.



  Education Edition Home Edition
Cost US$100 Single licence
US$400 Site Licence
Free Download
Programming Language           EV3-G EV3-G
Content Editor YES YES
Datalogging Software YES NO
Tutorials Generic tutorials for all aspects of the EV3 device Tutorials specific to each particular build
Building Instructions EV3 Core Base
Colour Sorter
Robot Arm H25
Download pdf's here
as well as links to other bonus models
Sensor Support Supports both EDU and Home sensors     

Supports both EDU and Home sensors
(you need to download the EDU blocks)


There will be additional education modules you can purchase (the Design Engineering module being the first) which I believe you can only load into the Education version.

Conclusion:  They are actually pretty close.  If you are just looking to program your robot, and not concerned about the very 'boy' focussed lobby, then the Home version will suit you fine.  If however, you're looking to roll this out in a classroom, where you'll likely have a mix of ages / genders, then the Education edition is certainly worth looking at.  If you're going to be using your EV3 for more than just 'robots' and are going to delving into some *science*  (which I strongly recommend everyone does!), then you can't go past the Education edition software.

Did I miss anything?


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Reader Comments (47)

Hi Rowland, unfortunately you can't install both at the same time. The only benefit that the teacher edition gives you is in the content editor where you can have extra slides that the students can't see. I personally have never used this fuction so have Student version installed on all my machines.

March 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterDamien Kee

Hey Damien,
what extra parts (or maybe the Extension set is enough?) would be needed to build the Riley rover with the EV3 Home kit?

March 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Cazzulino

Hi Daniel,

Joe Meno did a nice version of the robot using just parts from the Home kit. Find the link to the pdf here -

March 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterDamien Kee

That's awesome Damien! Thanks a lot!

March 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Cazzulino

Hi Damien, many thanks for your previous response. I have the Retail (Home) kit that I plan to use to help learn with my daugther - would you recommend loading the Education software (student version), or the Retail (Home) software (the one with the TRACK3R and other robots)? I am keen for her to use the EV3 as an educational tool. Any advice greatly appreciated. Many thanks. (Also, can I purchase your educational course if I am based overseas, in the UK?

May 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRowland

Hi Rowland,

If you've got the Retail kit, then you're probably better off installing the Home software as it'll have all the building instructions suited to your kit. If you do get to the point where you want to do things like datalogging, you can then flick over to the Education version.

Anyone in the world is able to purchase my books :)

May 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterDamien Kee

Hello! Could you tell me how to do a screenshot ev3 program?

September 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

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